Harnaam Kaur, a 24-year-old woman loves to put on makeup, nailpaint and has got a tattoo done. In all, she’s in love with her feminity and has embraced even her masculine feature – a beard unconditionally. Harnaam from Slough Berkshire is suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome which leads to excessive hair on face and body, and at first glance makes her look like a man.
The Sikh woman was diagnosed with this condition when she was 11 and tried removing her body and facial hair with all kind of techniques likes waxing, shaving and hair removal creams. At 16, however, she was baptised as a Sikh, and stopped shaving her hair, which consequently lead to bullying from her peers and even strangers.
Upset with the turn of events, she started to inflict harm on herself and even contemplated suicide. In her darkest mental phase though, a realisation hit her that changed her life.
“At the of 16 I hit my biggest low. I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society. I hid away and did not want to venture out into the public. My bedroom was my only safe haven. I was hugely depressed. I remember sitting on my bed and thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat ther, I started to counsel myself. I told myself ‘The energy you are putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better’,” she told rocknrollbride.com.
She never looked back after that. Kaur learnt to love her body and has accepted it unconditionally. Her self-harming behaviour, depression and suicidal tendencies were a thing of the past and she resolved to inspire society with her positive body image. “I used to keep my beard for religious reasons, but now I keep my hair to show the world a different, confident, diverse and strong image of a woman,” she told rocknrollbride.
Harnaam was spotted by photographer Louisa of Urban Bridesmaid who was always fascinated by the idea of a floral beard. Kaur was the perfect muse and was excited about the offer. Posing as a bride in floral beard, Harnaam Kaur’s photo shoot is inspiring, unique and beautiful.
Women, learn to respect your body, irrespective of your so-called flaws.
What is Polycystic ovary syndrome
The health condition in women caused by imbalance of hormones causes unwanted changes in the way you look. So what happens is that normally, the ovaries make only a small amount of male sex hormones. In this condition, they start making more of it. This may result in stopping ovulation, acne and extra facial and body hair. It also causes problem while conceiving. Most women suffering from this condition have cysts on their ovaries.